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Early Literacy Labs

Together All the Way to Reading Success


Nicole Chick

Founder,  Nicole Chick, began her teaching career in 2005 as a first grade teacher after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UCONN NEAG School of Education.  Nicole most recently has taught Kindergarten and is a Literacy Specialist with her Certificate of Advanced Study in Remedial Reading and Reading Consultancy. During her tenure as a public educator she has also taught at the university level and has supervised and mentored student teachers. She holds teaching licenses in the states of Connecticut and Vermont for elementary education and specialized literacy instruction. 

Nicole is a certified Orton-Gillingham Practitioner at the Associate Level through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Nicole's passion is helping parents and students of all ages navigate the world of dyslexia.  Her other area of expertise is early literacy instruction and intervention for students in preschool through first grade. 

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How It Works


Orton-Gillingham Approach

Comprehensive Literacy Assessment Sessions

The Orton-Gillingham Approach to teaching reading and spelling is both explicit and systematic, ensuring a tailored experience for each child based on their unique needs. Specifically designed for students who struggle with reading, including those with Dyslexia, this method provides personalized support to help every learner succeed.

Embark on a journey of understanding and empowerment with our Comprehensive Literacy Assessment – a detailed exploration of your child's literacy skills and capabilities. Designed for learners of all ages, this assessment goes beyond the surface, providing valuable insights to guide personalized literacy development.

Small Group Instruction
Literacy Explorers!

 Tailored for preschool-age children, these one-hour classes are designed to spark a love for learning through a play-based introduction to foundational literacy skills.

Areas of instruction include: oral language development, alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness and fine motor  skills.

Literacy Consultations for Educators 

Are you a Balanced Literacy educator eager to delve into Structured Literacy and the Science of Reading? Are you seeking ways to better support struggling students in your classroom? Reach out to schedule a one-hour Zoom consultation and expand your professional knowledge in these vital areas.


What Parents Have To Say...

Nicole has been wonderful for our son and is dedicated to understanding his individual literacy needs. She is so knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to teach him in a way that he understands. She is kind and communicative and always willing to help us advocate. Nicole is a wonderful person and we feel so lucky to have her on Owen's educational team! 

Laura K.

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